Warriors guard Jordan Poole was unexpectedly ejected in the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center, ending his scorching Christmas Day performance early.
Still scoring a team-high 32 points, Poole got his second technical with 9:20 left and was sent back to the locker room in the Warriors’ eventual 123-109 victory.
Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr. On the 3-pointer, Poole appeared to say something in the direction of one of the referees, who quickly called him a technical foul. On the Warriors’ previous possession, Poole was looking for a foul on the rim.
The ejection was the first of his career for Poole, who has already committed eight technical fouls this season.
The Warriors as a team were called to six technical fouls during the game, including one each from coach Steve Kerr, veterans Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and young forward Jonathan Kuminga.
After the game, Cole said that the number of technical fouls by the Warriors bothered him, especially Poole’s second.
“He knew he couldn’t get a second,” Kerr told reporters. “He’s still a young player. Jordan was great tonight. We needed his offensive firepower. The way he started the game, he set a good tone. So the great thing about Jordan is, I think he still has a little bit more to go. Two levels to go to get to the point where he’s really hitting the ceiling. It’s about staying calm, whether it’s avoiding the refs or just taking care of the ball at certain times. But he’s done a great job of competing and helping us keep the offense going at times, At critical moments of the game.”
Poole made 11 of 25 shots, including 3 of 10 three-pointers, grabbed 3 rebounds, sent 2 assists, and finished the game with 6 points.
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Poole has scored at least 26 points in four of the five games he’s played since Dec. 12, when Stephen Curry subluxed his left shoulder. 14.
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